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Entropy 2003, 5(5), 496-505; doi:10.3390/e5050496

An Analysis of The Entropy Generation in a Square Enclosure

Osmangazi University, School of Engineering and Architecture, 26480 Batÿ Meselik, Eskisehir, Turkey
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Received: 22 July 2003 / Accepted: 22 December 2003 / Published: 31 December 2003
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entropy Generation in Thermal Systems and Processes)
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The entropy generation during transient laminar natural convection in a square enclosure is numerically investigated. Two different cases are considered. The enclosure is heated either completely or partially from the left side wall and cooled from the opposite side wall. The bottom and the top of the enclosure are assumed as insulated. The Boussinesq approximation is used in the natural convection modelling. The solutions are obtained from quiescent conditions proceeded through the transient up to the steady-state. The calculations are made for the Prandtl numbers 0.01 and 1.0 and Rayleigh numbers between 102-108. The entropy generation and the active places triggering the entropy generation are obtained for each case after the flow and thermal characteristics are determined. It is found that the active sites in the completely heated case are at the left bottom corner of the heated wall and the right top corner of the cooled wall at the same magnitudes. In the case of partial heating, however, the active site is observed at the top corner of the heated section especially at lower Pr and Ra values.
Keywords: enclosure; laminar natural convection; entropy generation enclosure; laminar natural convection; entropy generation
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Erbay, L.B.; Altaç, Z.; Sülüs, B. An Analysis of The Entropy Generation in a Square Enclosure. Entropy 2003, 5, 496-505.

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